This week’s featured artist is Lindsey Buckingham! Born October 3rd 1949, he is an American singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 and 1997 to 2018. In addition to his tenure with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham has released six solo albums and three live albums.

Fleetwood Mac had been around since the late 1960s, beginning as a British blues outfit led by Peter Green. After Green left the group, they experienced several tumultuous years without a stable frontman. Buckingham was invited to join the group in 1974, but required the stipulation of his musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks to also be included. Buckingham and Nicks became the face of Fleetwood Mac during its most commercially successful period, highlighted by the multi-platinum album Rumours, which sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

Unlike most rock guitarists, Buckingham does not play with a pick. Instead, he picks the strings with his fingers and fingernails and tends to strum with his middle and ring fingers. Initially after joining Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham used a Gibson Les Paul Custom. Before the band, a Fender Telecaster was his main guitar, and was used on his first Fleetwood Mac album alongside Fender Stratocasters fitted with an Alembic Blaster. In 1979, he worked with Rick Turner, owner of Renaissance Guitars, to create the Model One, which he has used extensively since. He uses a Taylor Guitar 814ce for most of his acoustic performances. 

As a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Buckingham was ranked 100th in Rolling Stone’s 2011 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. 

Check below for a live performance of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac, and a beginner tab of how to play it! Please note it’s in Drop D, with a capo on the second fret.

What’s your favourite Buckingham-era Fleetwood Mac song? Do you enjoy his solo material? We are returning to in-home lessons as well as offering Video Conference Lessons if you want to learn about the ongoing history of music with a professional! 

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